The Campaign Report – 5/18/19

“In a major education policy speech set to be delivered Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders will call for a ban on all for-profit charter schools, a position that puts him directly at odds with the Trump administration and becoming the first of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to insist on such a move,” CNN reports.

Ahead of the final episode of Game of Thrones, a new Firehouse Strategies poll finds Donald Trump’s net favorability among the show’s viewers sits at -28, compared to a nearly even -1 net favorability among non-viewers. For comparison, Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is at -5 among viewers and -6 among non-viewers. This dynamic is largely reflective of the age demographics of Game of Thrones, which leans heavily towards the 18-49 year old demo.

As for the show’s plot itself, 50% of those watching think Jon Snow will end up on the Iron Throne, followed by Arya Stark at 12%, Sansa Stark at 11%, Daenerys Targaryen at 11%, Tyrion Lannister at 10% and someone else at 7%.

“Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year,” the AP reports.

“National Republican leaders are signaling they’ll again try preventing their party from nominating the twice-removed state jurist whose campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers.”

Even though President Trump won the district by 12 points in 2016, the Cook Political Report still rates the do-over election in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district a Toss Up.

“We’re keeping this contest in the Toss Up column for now, but these latest developments are all encouraging signs for Republicans. Ultimately, they’re defending a seat that is still very red in nature, even if the oddities that preceded another vote still leaves quite a bit in limbo to give Democrats an opening.”

“National Republicans are prepared to intervene in the Kansas Senate primary to ensure that conservative firebrand Kris Kobach does not win the party’s nomination should he run,” the Kansas City Star reports.

“Kobach said last week that he is still ‘actively considering’ a bid for the U.S. Senate next year in Kansas. The seat will come open with the retirement of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, who announced in January that he would not run for re-election.”

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